Well, the FISA memo was just released with no redactions. You can read it below in its entirety. I have to say there isn’t much there that I did not already know. Of greatest interest to me is that the FBI and DOJ tried to cover up who paid for the dossier and the fact that it was used as a basis for a FISA warrant. None of that dossier is credible and Andrew McCabe said himself that without the dossier, there would have been no warrant. That’s a problem. Didn’t the FBI and the DOJ think to source that dossier themselves?
I understand President Trump being outraged over this; I don’t blame him in the least. But all the hyperbole led us to believe that heads would roll over this memo. Not so much. However, Monica Crowley says there are other memos and much worse on its way down the pike. We’ll see. I just wanted you to see this for yourselves.
The memo was supposed to detail alleged abuse by senior FBI and Justice Department officials and it did that. It just didn’t really go into depth. The anti-Trump dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It formed an “essential” part of the initial and all three renewal surveillance applications against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Before I go further, you should know that I consider Carter Page a stone cold plant by the Russians – he’s a spy. I just think the way we went after him was all wrong and I’m convinced Trump had nothing to do with him really. Page approached Trump’s campaign and didn’t last long there. He’s in Russia a lot and heavily invested there.
Here’s the memo:
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the dossier. McCabe has since been removed from his position, so there’s got to be more to this story as well. My bet is that he was indeed conspiring with Strzok, his mistress and others against President Trump. The FBI and the DOJ knew where the dossier came from and who paid for it. In fact, I’m still hearing that the FBI paid for it as well. None of that was included in the request for a warrant.
Justice Department official Bruce Ohr met with dossier author Christopher Steele in the summer of 2016 and told the Justice Department that Steele had told Ohr that Steele was “desperate” that Trump not get elected President. Steele was let go as an informant to the FBI for going public to the media and others. That’s a no-no in the intel community. The memo shows that after former British spy Christopher Steele was cut off from the FBI, he continued to pass information, as did Fusion GPS, through Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr. Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS as early as May 2016.
By the way, I don’t see how this memo violates national security in the least. Schiff flat out lied. The memo also claims the FBI and DOJ used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, while the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, briefed major American news outlets to include the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, Yahoo and Mother Jones. They were using the media as a political weapon. They weaponized the FBI and the DOJ. That’s what dictators do.
Sources tell @FoxNews the White House is in the process of transmitting the FISA memo and letter from the President back to HPSCI. Release should be a little later today.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 2, 2018
What this comes down to mostly is misrepresenting facts to the FISA court in order to get a warrant. Those that did this should be terminated, but I think they already have been. I think they knew this was coming. One thing is certain, at least from my point of view, the whole Russia investigation was an expensive witch hunt and should be ended immediately. This definitely rises to the level of government surveillance abuse and should not be tolerated.
“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago,” Trump wrote. “Rank & File are great people!”
While I agree the memo is troubling, I’m not shocked by it and I expected a lot more meat here. But I’ll take what I can get. End the Russian collusion investigation, gut the FBI and DOJ and start over. And will someone please get Schiff to stop mouthing off. The Democrats should be ashamed of themselves. What they did was literally criminal. Welcome to our very own banana republic.
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